Women have been hit hardest in Kabila’s failed administration, and the New Zaire is committed to making women’s rights at the forefront of our agenda. I believe that women are at the core of our society. They are raising our children: the future of New Zaire, they are acting as educators and role models, they are instilling their values and their expectations, and they are strong. But they have not been afforded the opportunity to thrive and advance-economically, politically, and socially, until now. I believe that women deserve the same opportunities that the men in their community receive, and I plan on making this a reality.
As President, I will focus on making the playing field even for women; economically, politically and socially. Crimes against women will be treated as hate crimes and perpetrators will be punished to the full extent of the law. Our administration will incentivize businesses to focus attention on hiring women. We will create a culture where women can have the same dreams as men to have the tools and opportunities to be the most successful. The women of the New Zaire will be politicians, executives, doctors, lawyers, land owners, engineers, scientists, and any career they can dream, because our administration will help provide the tools to reach any goal.
In order to empower the women of our community we must empower the young girls. We must start by educating girls about the opportunities available to them and provide them with the resources to make these opportunities possible. Empowerment is about education and allowing our citizens to design and pursue their own goals, living according to their own values, developing self-reliance and being able to make choices and have influence – both individually and collectively in the decisions that affect their lives. Empowerment is a process, which will be long and complex. For our citizens to be empowered, conditions have to be created to enable them to acquire the necessary resources, knowledge, political voice and organizational capacity; and I will ensure this is an integral focus of New Zaire.
I will prioritize empowering Congolese women, especially in the following categories: